Investment plans set to transform Middlesbrough supported housing scheme

Thirteen’s investment plans are set to transform a supported housing scheme for homeless families in Middlesbrough.

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15 Jan 2019

Working in partnership with Esh Property Services, the £600,000 plans will see the flats at Penrith Road in Middlesbrough benefit from new kitchens and bathrooms. The work will also see the communal areas fully refurbished, new windows and doors fitted throughout, flooring, an electrical re-wire and fire system upgrade.

Thirteen’s design and delivery team held a consultation event, where they took along choices of kitchens, bathrooms and options for the communal area, to allow staff members and residents to give their views, ahead of the work beginning at the end of the month.

The service, which has been provided for 25 years, offers accommodation for young people and families at what can be a very difficult time in their lives.

Project manager Stuart Poulter said: “It’s important that we meet the staff and customers before we carry out investment work, so that we can involve them, talk to them and offer them the choices available.

“No matter whether it’s a temporary home, like the accommodation at Penrith Road, or a home people may live in for many years, it’s vital that we continue to invest and maintain the standard of our properties.”

Support service team leader Jill Leech said: “These improvements will make a real difference to our customers and we’re all looking forward to seeing the transformation.”

Penrith Road provides offers 12 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom flats with access to a communal area, laundry facilities and outside play area. A crash pad is also available for homeless 16-17 year olds for a maximum stay of four weeks.

Staff members are available 24 hours per day. The service provided helps residents to move on to full independence, giving them the skills to successfully manage their future permanent tenancy.